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01: The new Silk Road in a global context

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This seminar explores various dimensions of the Chinese initiative to re-invigorate the silk routes. “One Belt, One Road” may be one of the most ambitious development projects ever as it impacts on roughly two thirds of the world’s population and traverses several conflict zones. While clearly strategic in nature, it draws on market forces and proceeds without a pre-established negotiating framework. It has encountered enthusiastic support and passionate objection. We will explore the economic and political opportunities and risks for some of the major global stakeholders, including those in Central Asia, the EU, India and the US, and sketch out their potential for interpersonal and cross-cultural contact.


Deputy Director, Department I.2 - International Law, Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
Ambassador, Austrian Embassy Brasilia Chair
Senior Economist, BNP Paribas Asset Management Asia Limited., Hong Kong Chair


Ambassador, Austrian Embassy Brasilia

1982 entry into Diplomatic Service of Austria
1985-1994 Deputy Head of Information Service NY and Delegate to Second Committee, ECOSOC, etc. at UN - United Nations
1994-1995 Head of Unit for International Women's Affairs
1995-1998 Head of Department for International Cooperation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Environment, Vienna
1998-2001 Permanent Representative of Austria to UN, Vienna
2001-2004 Director; Assistant Director-General, UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, New York
2005-2012 Director General for Development Policy and Development Cooperation, Federal Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Vienna
2012-2017 Austrian Ambassador to Public Republic of China and to Mongolia, Beijing
since 2017 Austrian Ambassador to Federative Republic of Brazil, Brasilia

Chi LO

Senior Economist, BNP Paribas Asset Management Asia Limited., Hong Kong

 University of British Columbia, Vancouver
 LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science
 Economic Advisor, Treasury Board of Canada, Ottawa
 Research Director, Greater China, HSBC, Hong Kong
 Chief Economist, Strategist for Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, Hong Kong
 Asia Research Head, Grosvenor, Hong Kong
 Head, Overseas Investment, Ping An of China Asset Management Co. Ltd., Hong Kong
 CEO, HFT Investment Management (HK) Limited, Hong Kong
 Since 2010 Senior Economist, Greater China, BNP Paribas Asset Management Asia Limited., Hong Kong

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:45Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017Plenary
17:45 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global contextSeminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politicsSeminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commonsSeminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economySeminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe?Seminar
Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environmentSeminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South AfricaSeminar
Seminar 08: Art - in conflictSeminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorderSeminar
Seminar 10: Don't mess with our education! Creating new Utopias!Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play?Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in ActionSeminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products - responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumerSeminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflictsSeminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldSeminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots levelSeminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroadsSeminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of lineSeminar


19:00 - 20:30Turkey at the crossroadsPlenary


19:00 - 22:00Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperationBreakout


19:00 - 21:30The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldBreakout